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questions MC chaps 41 - 50 | Montreal Dickens Fellowship

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Montreal Dickens Fellowship Study Questions: “Martin Chuzzlewit”
Westmount Public Library
April 3, 2018 1:00-3:00
Chapters 41 - 50

  1. What do you think of Dickens’s ability to create suspense as he shows us the desperate, murderous side of Jonas?
  2. Comment on Dickens’s use of melodrama. How does the terrible storm, Bailey’s near-death, the ghoulish dream and Montague Tigg’s locked door add to the mystery and suspense of the novel and keep us wanting to read more?
  3. What was the knocking that Jonas heard at the coach door? Was it an omen of things to come? (like Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart”)
  4. What do you think of Dickens’s ability to portray romance as evidenced in the growing relationship between Ruth Pinch and John Westlock?
  5. Discuss the reunion between Tom Pinch, John Westlock and Martin and Mark. Do you believe in the reformation in Martin’s character after his American experience?
  6. What do you think of Mark’s decision to marry Mrs. Lupin?
  7. Comment on the interweaving of all the characters as they try to solve the mystery of Anthony Chuzzlewit’s death.
  8. Do you think that Martin and his grandfather can be reconciled?
  9. Do you think Mrs. Harris is a real person? Why? Why not?
  10. Did you suspect that old Martin Chuzzlewit was Tom Pinch’s boss or that his feebleness was an act? Comment on Dickens’s ability to surprise the reader.